Polk Audio RM6700 review: Polk Audio RM6700

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The Good Superior sound quality; new, lower price; handy wall-mounting options.

The Bad Mundane but easy-on-the-eyes styling.

The Bottom Line Ideal for small to medium-size spaces, this kit sounds great with home theater and music.

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Times change, audio fashions come and go, but Polk Audio just keeps on producing great speakers. For this RM6700 package, Polk's engineers have ever so gently tweaked the styling of the company's previous midpriced RM6600 model, redesigned the cabinets, and put in new drivers. Add all that up, and you have a seriously potent home-theater package. And get this: the new model is actually $40 less expensive than its older sibling. Times change, audio fashions come and go, but Polk Audio just keeps on producing great speakers. For this RM6700 package, Polk's engineers have ever so gently tweaked the styling of the company's previous midpriced RM6600 model, redesigned the cabinets, and put in new drivers. Add all that up, and you have a seriously potent home-theater package. And get this: the new model is actually $40 less expensive than its older sibling.

Refined design
The RM6700's four timbre-matched satellites and center speaker come boxed in a handy five-pack. The sats are outfitted with a Polk-designed 0.75-inch, soft-dome tweeter and a 3.5-inch woofer, while the center speaker gets the same driver complement configured in the now-familiar woofer/tweeter/woofer array. Please note: The RM6700 package doesn't include a subwoofer, so you'll either have to go with one of Polk's matching subs or another manufacturer's baby boomer. We used Polk's $419 (list) sub for our listening tests.

Design refinements run the gamut: instead of the typical fiberboard or plastic cabinetry, the RM6700 employs mineral-filled polypropylene; form-fitting grilles reduce unwanted grille-edge diffraction; and Polk's clever bass-venting Power Port technology extends low-end response. We spotted two wall-mounting options on the sats' backsides--a keyhole slot and threaded-screw inserts for use with OmniMount articulating brackets. Of course, all of the RM6700's satellites are magnetically shielded for safe placement next to TVs. The ensemble is available in your choice of black, titanium, or white finishes.

Now hear this
The RM6700's sonic signature is immediate, very clean, and low in distortion; that's why these little guys sound like much larger speakers. Chelsea Walls, Ethan Hawke's film about lost souls playing out a bohemian rhapsody at the Chelsea Hotel, tested this kit's mettle. Hawke's film was shot using high-def video on location in New York City, and the Polks unraveled every last detail of the audio--you really have a sense of the actors' voices filling the rooms. The sound was so good that we could almost smell the whiskey wafting through the hallways of this ancient hotel.

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Polk Audio RM6700

Part Number: RM6700
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  • Speaker System Type home theater speaker system
  • Nominal (RMS) Output Power 100 Watt
  • Speaker System Configuration 5.1-channel
  • Color black
  • Amplification Type active subwoofer, passive satellites
  • Connectivity Technology wired
  • Sensitivity 90 dB